16 November 2020
Microsoft has announced that Office apps for the iPad are now completely compatible with mouse and trackpads. These apps include Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. The promise of adding the support was made earlier this year with an estimated time of fall which the team has managed to fulfill without any delays.
Apple added native support for mouse and trackpad with iPadOS 13.4 release but it is up to app developers whether to make use of it or not. Since many Office users love to work on their iPad by connecting a mouse and trackpad, it makes perfect sense for Microsoft to release the support. The update has already started to roll out and is expected to reach everyone within two weeks.
The update will bring a user experience similar to PC or Mac to iPad. It means when users will move the cursor, it will behave in accordance with the type of content as it happens on the desktop. This will be beneficial in doing different tasks like highlighting a passage of text in Word, selecting a range of cells in Excel, and moving and resizing graphics in PowerPoint.
Other than this, the update brings a new start screen and ribbons for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint features. Microsoft says this will bring a modern and clean user experience. It will essentially help users find what they are looking for easily and faster. The team is already working on a new experience called Fluent UI that will be available across all Office 365 suite of apps.